Midweek Sport - - ON THE NOSE - By IAN WIN­ROW

GRAZIANO PELLE has been re­warded for re­fus­ing to give up on his in­ter­na­tional dream.

The Southamp­ton striker, 29, has been out­stand­ing since his switch to St Mary’s from Feyeno­ord in the sum­mer.

And his form has landed Pelle (right) a first ever call-up to the Italy squad.

Italy boss An­to­nio Conte said: “Graziano rep­re­sents what I have al­ways said – play­ing well leads to a place in the na­tional team for a player that has scored 50 goals in two years. “To­day he is a star in the Premier League after an ad­ven­ture in Hol­land.

“I am cu­ri­ous to see Pelle from close range in or­der to un­der­stand if he can help us.

“He has de­served his call-up”

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